Devotional Ezekiel 2:1-2

Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional

February 7th, 2013

(Ezekiel 2:1-2And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.” 2 Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.

It has been well said that, “God’s commandments are God’s enablements.” In other words, God will not command us to do something that He will not also enable us to do. For Ezekiel, when he received a vision of the throne room of heaven and the One who sat upon that throne, he was wrecked. All that he could manage to do was to fall on his face in submission.

But the One who was seated on the throne of heaven had a plan, a mission, for Ezekiel, and Zeke needed to stand to his feet and receive his orders. I love how God tells him to stand up, and then empowers him by God’s spirit to do so. Every indication is that there was no way Ezekiel could obey this directive from God…so God does it through him! Like the man with the withered hand who encounters Jesus in a synagogue on the Sabbath day (Luke 6:6-11), Jesus issues the impossible command: “Stretch out your hand”. In that instant, the power was provided for the man to comply with the command.

Each and every day we hear the command of God. It may be something amazing, some ministry to engage, some miracle to perform, and we have no ability to accomplish the task. God does! He has every ability to accomplish through you whatever He would command to be done! More likely, the command will be more daily, perhaps even seemingly mundane: Love your wife; disciple your kids; be kind to your coworkers; serve your brother; forgive your neighbor. How many times have we encountered the impossibility of these tasks? And yet His word commands it! What a great time to fall on our face in humble submission to Him, asking for His Spirit to fill us and empower us to stand to our feet in simple, but profound, obedience. If we know He’s commanded it, we know He will enable us to obey it!